Peshkvils hanged in ultra-Orthodox cities and concentrations claim that the plague occurred due to modesty problems • "It is not Judaism to always blame women for every disease," an angry activist in the sector
Peshkville Against Women in Jerusalem // Photo: Oren Ben Hakun
Why did the corona epidemic ever spread? Most people will blame China or health systems for not being strong enough, but among some of the extreme factions of the ultra-Orthodox world, the blame depends on only one factor - the women's public.
"Horrifying Discovery: Corona Epidemic = Immodesty. Women and Girls! This is the case with ads that have been posted throughout Bnei Brak. In another ad, it says: "May you bless the difference between you and the secular? You both ignore what God really wants. Keep up with the wigs and tight clothes." Below is a supposed quote from the late Rabbi Shach. "If the women of the garb are dressed like this, the kollels must be closed."
Abroad, particularly in Satmar Hasidic circles, similar Pashquilas were hanged and even sent voice-watsap messages in which one of the rabbis heard a message from the Satmar Rebbe's mouth saying that he "wants to talk to women mainly about modesty. If we change this, God can return and dwell among us and heal us of all diseases. Only if we wear the custom - a head shave, a short wig, completely covered in a hat, no makeup and long sleeves. "
The Pashkavil initiators belong to the extreme factions of the ultra-Orthodox sector, but this does not comfort many women who have come out against the new phenomenon, which is gaining new shade during the Corona crisis. "Some of the ultra-Orthodox populations treat women only as they are dressed and seen and not in relation to their spiritual world. They do not care whether they study Torah or bless, but only how they dress," says Israel Today Shoshana Yaskol, founder of the Women's Wisdom Organization Religious and against extremism.
According to some rabbis, "If you are covered with a good and blessed woman and if you are not covered as they think you should be, you are a bad and cursed woman. This is terrible. Why is there no awareness of divorce objectors? Why is there no awareness of corruption and bribery? Against sexual crimes? Why, from their point of view, is everything good in the world only about women and what they wear? "
In conclusion, Yaskol notes that "the women in these communities bear most of the burden for the welfare of their families, so now is the blame for the disease further? It is not Judaism to always blame women for every disease that falls on humanity. It's something strange and dark, something that appears in all cultures A period that does not end well for the company that allows it to act that way. "